Museum event features hands-on weather activities, tornado talk

Weather has a big impact on Texas, and visitors to the Museum of the Coastal Bend can discover how on Saturday, July 11. The museum will host Extreme Weather, a day of hands-on activities about storms, floods and more.

From 10 a.m.-4.p.m., visitors can see how tornadoes are formed, start a hurricane in a bowl, try to build a flood-resistant model town, and make a “lightning calculator” that tells the distance from a thunderstorm. Visitors can also collect information about how to stay safe during various weather events.

Dr. Karen Hagan, Victoria College history professor, will talk at 1 p.m. about the Goliad tornado of 1902, one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history and a topic she has long researched.

“It’s always exciting to hear Dr. Hagan speak about history – she brings a lot of passion, and this topic is already full of emotion and danger,” says Isabel Van Dyke, the museum’s curator of education. “This year, we’ve been battered by some pretty significant weather, but that’s nothing new for Texans. We’ve faced lots of challenges throughout the ages.”

To learn more about events at the museum, contact Isabel Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 E. Red River St. in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Thursday, 02 July 2015

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